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Navy to Attempt 1st Unmanned Carrier Landing

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By BROCK VERGAKIS
Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy is attempting to land an unmanned aircraft aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time.

The Navy says the X-47B experimental aircraft will try to land aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. The ship is operating off the coast of Virginia, and the fighter-sized drone will try to land by deploying a hook that will catch a wire aboard the ship. That's exactly how traditional fighter jets land.

Unlike other military drones, the X-47B isn't remotely piloted. It relies on automated computer system to complete its maneuvers, although a human can always step in.

Landing on an aircraft carrier is considered 1 of the most difficult maneuvers a Navy pilot has to accomplish.

Navy officials are describing the landing attempt as an historic event in aviation.

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